Wales beat Aus­tralia in Rugby World Cup thriller

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Tokyo: Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons Wales took a mas­sive step to­wards top­ping Pool D with a thrilling 29-25 vic­tory over valiant Aus­tralia in the Rugby World Cup on Sun­day. The Welsh were 23-8 ahead at half-time but they had to with­stand a fu­ri­ous sec­ond-half on­slaught when Aus­tralia fought back to within a point late in the game. Wales, 43-14 win­ners over Ge­or­gia in their opener, will now be con­fi­dent of fin­ish­ing their pool un­beaten, with their next op­po­nents Fiji in Oita on Oc­to­ber 9 be­fore tak­ing on Uruguay in Ku­mamoto four days later.

PCB sets June, 2020 dead­line for BCCI to con­firm Asia Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion:

The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has set a June, 2020, dead­line for the In­dian Cricket Board to con­firm its par­tic­i­pa­tion in Asia Cup sched­uled in Septem­ber, next year. “We need to see if In­dia agrees to come to Pak­istan for the Asia Cup. There is still some time till next year’s Septem­ber but by June, we have to know where we are go­ing with this and if it can’t be hosted here be­cause of a lack of in­volve­ment of In­dia,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an in­ter­view. How­ever the fi­nal de­ci­sion to shift the tour­na­ment will be Asian Cricket Coun­cil’s pre­rog­a­tive.

Stress frac­ture has noth­ing to do with Bum­rah’s ac­tion, says Nehra:

Ashish Nehra, who knows a thing or two about in­jury man­age­ment, on Sun­day in­sisted that In­dia’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bum­rah’s stress frac­ture has got noth­ing to do with his unortho­dox ac­tion. Bum­rah was re­cently ruled out of both South Africa and Bangladesh se­ries ow­ing to a stress frac­ture on his lower back, with a re­cov­ery time pe­riod of two months due to early de­tec­tion. “Stress frac­ture is un­re­lated to ac­tion and we must get our con­cepts clear. He doesn’t need to change his ac­tion and if he tries to do that, it won’t be great. Let me as­sure you when he comes back, he can bowl with same ac­tion, in­ten­sity and pace,” Nehra said.

‘Not sure if play­ers want to go to Pak’:

In­dia’s much talked about Davis Cup clash against Pak­istan will go ahead as sched­uled in Novem­ber but ac­cord­ing to Davis Cup cap­tain Ma­hesh Bhu­pathi, play­ers are hav­ing sec­ond thoughts. The tie, which was sched­uled to take place in Is­lam­abad on Septem­ber 14-15, was post­poned to Novem­ber 29-30 by the In­ter­na­tional Tennis Fed­er­a­tion fol­low­ing es­ca­lated diplo­matic ten­sion be­tween the two coun­tries. “The (Davis

Cup) tie is on. It will be played on grass in Is­lam­abad on Novem­ber 29-30. There are no is­sues from the govern­ment, but I am not sure if play­ers want to go to Pak­istan and play,” Bhu­pathi told re­porters on Sun­day.

Car­reno Busta se­cures Chengdu crown:

Spain’s Pablo Car­reno Busta claimed his first ATP ti­tle in more than two years af­ter com­ing back from a set down to beat big-serv­ing Alexan­der Bub­lik 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) in the Chengdu Open fi­nal in China on Sun­day. It was Car­reno Busta’s first ti­tle since win­ning Es­to­ril Open in 2017.

De Min­aur cap­tures third ca­reer ti­tle in Zhuhai:

Aus­tralian young­ster Alex de Min­aur won his third ti­tle of the sea­son at the Zhuhai Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day, beat­ing Adrian Man­nar­ino 7-6(4) 6-4 in the fi­nal to edge closer to a top-20 world rank­ing. De Min­aur, cur­rently 31 in the world, over­came the French­man in a lit­tle over two hours to cap an im­pres­sive week for the 20-year-old.

Mo­mota wins Korea Open:

Top-ranked Kento Mo­mota of Ja­pan clinched the men’s sin­gles ti­tle at the Korea Open bad­minton tour­na­ment on Sun­day with a win over num­ber two Chou Tien-chen of Tai­wan. The 25-year-old downed Chou 21-19, 21-17 in a fi­nal that lasted 53 min­utes. In the women’s fi­nal, China’s He Bingjiao de­feated Ratchanok In­tanon of Thai­land 18-21, 24-22, 21-17.

In­dia U-18 claim maiden SAFF ti­tle:

The In­dian foot­ball team lifted the SAFF U-18 Cham­pi­onship for the first time when they de­feated Bangladesh 2-1 in the ti­tle clash here on Sun­day. In­dia surged ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Par­tap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-win­ner came in in­jury time when the nippy Ravi Ba­hadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat re­duced the mar­gin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.

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